Tomorrow’s visit to WHSmith Gateshead Metro Centre will be the third of my four stop North Of England Tour and at the half-way stage it’s been a case of so far so good.
Last week’s trip to Durham proved to be another good day out in the North East with 45 book sales and a huge thanks to Paul, whom I’m pictured with right, and all his staff for my cups of coffee, bottles of water and all your kind help, it was really appreciated.
Again the people of the North East proved to be really friendly, even if one nattily dressed silver haired lady met my enquiry if she liked crime fiction with a disdainful no.
When I asked if she preferred Mills & Boon, I was met with a rant that was surely the equal of anything that ever came out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous hair dryer!
Suffice to say it would appear that some Cambridge Graduates take themselves very seriously indeed!!
And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have contacted me via my website to say they have enjoyed the books they have purchased from me at the signings mentioned.
But although I’m looking forward to my trip to the Metro Centre, tomorrow’s signing will be a toughie and that is because a few hundred miles further South the Scottish Rugby team will be desperately trying to end 34 years of pain and disappointment at Twickenham!
As a former Glasgow Evening Times Rugby correspondent I know all of the ‘Glasgow Boys’ in the Scottish team well and have a good friend ‘@truscot007’ who supplies most of them with a cutting edge sports sock or Trusox to be precise.
It has been a pleasure to watch Scotland in the RBS Six Nations this season…something no honest self-respecting rugby Scot has been able to say for a few years up until Vern Cotter’s second season at the helm.
I’m sure my friends at Bridge Of Allan Squash club will be cheering the boys in dark blue on from the bar while the black stuff flows and Uncle Steve’s half-time pies are gorged!
My big problem is going to be how to get back to my house in Stirling without knowing the result!
Anyway if you are in the Metro Centre tomorrow between 11am and 3ish pm and like your crime fiction full of betrayal, heartbreak and revenge please pop in…even if you don’t fancy one of my books I promise not to accuse you of being a Mills & Boon fan!!!